It can be difficult providing support and/or helping someone experiencing mental health problems. You may find yourself listening to their concerns, maybe be there when they require hospital care and treatment and see and hear how the person is behaving. You probably know the person really well so can tell when something is changing in their behaviour/attitude/appearance which might indicate that they are becoming unwell.
Carers normally have good knowledge and understanding of how a person is affected by their mental health problem. It is this information and understanding which needs to be shared with professionals working with the person experiencing a mental health problem.
Menu of Questions for Carers supporting people with mental health problems is a resource we have developed in partnership with Support in Mind Scotland. This leaflet is designed to help you get all the information you need about the diagnosis and treatment of the person you care for:
PDF (467 KB).
The Triangle of Care in Scotland
To enable this to happen, Carers Trust Scotland adapted The Triangle of Care: Best Practice Guide PDF (256 MB)
Triangle of Care aims to create an alliance between service users, carers and professionals. It assists staff to look at how they are identifying and supporting carers, and what needs to be done to improve/increase this. It provides frontline staff with the tools to better support carers as part of the care team and to work in partnership with organisations supporting carers.
Having staff recognise that you are not just the wife, but also provide a lot of emotional care and support can make all the difference. I think this can only be a good thing for carers, staff and patients. I'm going to be asking my husband's team what they know about Triangle of Care."
For more information email Karen Martin, our Mental Health Development Coordinator, or call her on 07780 001030.